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Board of Directors



Jana Fischback

Climate Action Coordinator

Jana grew up in East Wenatchee. She studied Communication (Public Relations) at WSU. While there, she learned about the severity of the climate crisis and became passionate about environmental sustainability. After earning her Master's in Environmental Studies from the Evergreen State College, she worked as Metro Parks Tacoma's first Sustainability Coordinator.


Jana returned to the Wenatchee Valley in 2016 and co-founded Sustainable Wenatchee (now Sustainable NCW) a year later. She is honored to be a part of the movement towards sustainability in her hometown. She was selected as one of the Wenatchee Valley Business World's "30 Under 35" in 2018.

Jana serves as a board member of C6 Forest to Farm, is a member of Women's Service League of NCW, and is active in her church. She enjoys camping in her family's tent trailer with her husband and two kids, listening to live music, especially at the Gorge, and is an avid reader. 


Marlene Farrell

Executive Director

Marlene grew up in Virginia and, from an early age, felt a curiosity about and devotion to wild things, from ants to African lions. This led to a Bachelor’s and Master’s, focusing on behavioral ecology. Her field work was abroad as well as in Washington, her home since 2000. Her path detoured while raising a family into freelance writing, coaching, and nonprofit work.

Marlene loves writing about environmental themes, through articles and creative writing. Her coaching of children in running and Nordic skiing has been driven by a desire to share a love of movement and connection with the outdoors. She has worked for several nonprofits in Leavenworth, and is thrilled to join Sustainable NCW. To discover, share and implement ways to tread lightly, personally and collectively, is serious and joyful work for Marlene. She is also a Wenatchee Outdoors board member.

She gets outside every day, often with family and friends, and she loves running, backpacking, Nordic skiing and sailing.

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